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Waleed al-Shehri

9-11 Suicide Hijacker


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Means of DeathSuicide hijacker
Date of DeathSept. 11, 2001
Location of DeathNew York, New York, United States
Affiliation9-11 plotters
SupervisorMohamed Atta
AffiliationAmerican Airlines Flight 11 Hijackers
Full Given NameWaleed Muhammed Abdallah al-Shehri
Alternate Spelling(s)Waleed Alshehri, Walid Alshehri
Age at Death22
Date of BirthDec. 20, 1978
Place of BirthAsir, Saudi Arabia1
Narrative and Notes
  • One of the "muscle" hijackers on American Airlines Flight 11, which crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
  • His brother, Wail, was also one of the hijackers on the flight.
  • Had begun university studies when he joined the plot.
  • He was the only muscle hijacker to take what may have been a cross-country surveillance flight.
  • Had a family member in the Saudi passport office who helped him and Wail obtain new, clean passports, presumably to conceal their travel to Pakistan and/or Afghanistan.
  • He was one of the first two muscle hijackers to arrive in the United States, on April 23, 2001.
  • The Shehri brothers' father is a leader in the Shehri tribe in Saudi Arabia.1,2
  • Osama bin Laden asked him to tell Atta he preferred the White House over the U.S. Capitol as a 9-11 target, according to Ramzi Binalshibh.1
    1 The 9-11 Commission Final Report, July 22, 2004, Chapter 7.3.
    2 The 9-11 Commission Final Report, July 22, 2004, Footnotes.
    Photos (left to right): FBI; Government exhibit, United States vs. Moussaoui; Government exhibit, United States vs. Moussaoui
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